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Supportive yet challenging, this volume contains 30 useful hints and reminders to help both students and professionals in counseling examine and improve key areas of ther work. Developing Gestalt Counseling encourages counselors to focus on areas that they feel need special attention by covering topics such as relationship and dialogue, assessment in the Gestalt approach; contact, awareness, proactivity, and responsibility; and experimental and creative methods. Author Jennifer Mackewn provides an easy-to-read and informative book for readers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of counseling and have begun work with clients in counseling psychology and social work settings.

Attending to the Final Stages and Endings
Attending to the final stages and endings

Counselling may be a long or a short process but it is hopefully usually finite, for the aim must be to support clients to live their lives more fully, rather than to be better and better clients. Therapeutic counsellor and client both need to keep some sense of the ending of the process as a supportive framework and real aspect of the work. Psychotherapists, counsellors and clients engaged in longer term work often speak of an increase in intensity and depth of exploration once an ending is clearly envisaged; while those doing shorter term more goal oriented exploration usually describe their work as highly focused (Elton Wilson, 1996). The finiteness and reality of ...

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